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Girl's hta-mein

Girl's hta-mein

  • Place of origin:

    Amarapura (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 to 1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk lined in cotton textile. Stitching and plain weaving and <font -i>acheik-luntaya</font> (wave patterned - "100" spool interlocking tapestry weaving)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A long rectangle worn as a wrap skirt. Formed from two rectangular panels stitched along the weft edge and attached to a black cotton 21.7 cm. waistband. Lined with white cotton cloth.
The top panel or body is woven in a variety of wave pattern in three shades of pink silk. The main pattern is a version of the taik kaung tin pan khet (queen's floral garland) and is highlighted with silver thread. The warp ends are finished in a vertical stripe, one of them ornamented with acheik patterns forms a front panel.
The lower panel made of two pieces of silk sewn selvage to selvage (ie long end of panel runs along weft threads) forms a train. Three shades of pink weft stripes on a pale pink warp interspersed with three black pin stripes and interwoven with silver threads.

Place of Origin

Amarapura (probably, made)


ca. 1935 to 1939 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk lined in cotton textile. Stitching and plain weaving and acheik-luntaya (wave patterned - "100" spool interlocking tapestry weaving)


Length: 92.7 cm, Width: 99 cm

Object history note

To be worn by a young girl on ceremonial occasions.

Historical significance: With the abolition of the monarchy in 1885 under British rule, sumptuary laws lapsed and the use of royal patterns and silver thread such as found on this hta-mein was no longer a royal perogative.

Descriptive line

Burmese girl's pink silk and black cotton hta-mein (wrap skirt) comprising of a waistband, large acheik-luntaya patterned area and a train, to be worn on ceremonial occasions. c. 1935 to 1939


Silk; Cotton textile; Silver thread


Weaving; Silvering


South & South East Asia Collection

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